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45 posts tagged "Manolo Blahnik"

Manolos, Now Available In Tilapia

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Manolos made from discarded tilapia skin, raffia, and cork? Why not. Until now, the shoemaker hadn’t delved into the green scene, but eco-chic designer Marcia Patmos was able to change that. “They were very open and loved my suggestion of bringing sustainability into the shoes, as long as I could find the right materials that they couldn’t supply,” Patmos tells Style.com. So, she settled on natural resources and fish industry byproducts for the Spring ’12 collection. “The materials were actually very easy to work with,” Patmos adds. “Mixed together or dyed, they’re very versatile.” The heels ($975) and the flats ($645) are hitting Manolo stores next week. Patmos revealed she’s already hard at work on the next round—an ankle bootie made of vegetable tanned leather—for the the Fall ’12 Manolo Blahnik for M.Patmos collection.

Photo:Courtesy Photo

Manolo’s Moment

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The Manolo moment has been in full effect these past few months, with the master designer’s signature pointy-toe pumps capturing editors and buyers alike. But Blahnik is no slave to trends and passing moments, and in recognition of that fact, he’ll receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at Footwear News‘ 25th annual FN Achievement Awards in New York tonight. Friend Carolina Herrera will present Blahnik with his award at the Museum of Modern Art. He takes the evening’s highest honor, but Blahnik is by no means the only winner tonight. Below, all of the 2011 FNAA honorees, including Nicholas Kirkwood, Burak Uyan, Rachel Zoe, Brian Atwood, and more.

Designer of the Year: Nicholas Kirkwood
Launches of the Year: Brian Atwood for B Brian Atwood; Rachel Zoe
Vivian Infantino Award for Emerging Talent: Burak Uyan

Company of the Year: Steve Madden
Retailer of the Year: Mindy Grossman, CEO, for HSN
Independent Retailer of the Year: Ron White
Brands of the Year: Vince Camuto; Angel Martinez and Connie Rishwain for Ugg Australia
Marketer of the Year: Adidas

Icon Award for Social Impact: Kenneth Cole
Lifetime Achievement Award: Manolo Blahnik
Hall of Fame: Patricia Field; Jim and Larry Tarica of Jimlar Corp.

Photo: Dave M. Bennett / Getty Images

Unseen Marilyn Monroe Images on Display in New York, Highly Addictive Manolos, Anti-Violence Rings by Philip Crangi, And More…

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This week at Milk Studios in New York, 62 photos (several of them previously unseen) of Marilyn Monroe will be on display for a two-day photo exhibition called Picturing Marilyn. The Dior dress she is wearing in her famous shoot with Bert Stern has been re-created and will be on display at the exhibit preview on November 9. [WWD]

Here’s an interesting one: Drug dealers in Spain smuggled cocaine into the country using fake Manolo Blahniks. They molded the cocaine, in the form of paste, into a shoe (with fake Manolo tags). Each pair was reportedly worth about $69,000. [Huff Po]

Fashion photographer Andreas Laszlo Konrath got his start photographing punks and skaters. These days, he’s more likely to be found backstage at Lanvin and Dior shows than skate parks. Find a selection of his work with his commentary on NewYorker.com, along with his photos of actress Nina Arianda for today’s profile story on her. [The New Yorker]

Jewelry designer Philip Crangi has joined forces with Ethos Water creator Peter Thum and John Zapolski to found Fonderie 47, a do-good line of metal jewelry. The company is “aimed at reducing Africa’s estimated 20 million assault weapons by turning the metal into jewelry.” One ring results in the destruction of more than 75 guns. [T]

Photo: WWD.com

Where To Go On FNO

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It’s that time of year again: Fashion’s Night Out is just around the corner. It seems like every store and e-commerce site on earth has activities planned—find them all at www.fashionsnightout.com—but as for us, we’ve got our itineraries set. Below, a few New York favorites. See you there.

Bergdorf Goodman
BG has an all-star lineup of fashion folks making appearances at the store throughout the night, including Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta, and Glenn O’Brien. But we’re most excited about the designer dog show, with Joseph Altuzarra, James Mischka and Mark Badgely, and Reem Acra all hitting the runways with their pets, judged by Marchesa’s Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig.

Bloomingdale’s
Alexander Wang, GQ‘s Best New Menswear Designer of the Year, and the runners up, including Michael Bastian and Patrik Ervell, will be on hand to debut the capsule Dockers pieces they designed.

Bruce Weber
Legendary lensman Bruce Weber, Nan Bush, and friends will be on hand at The Standard Hotel Biergarten, where Weber is debuting limited-edition new underthings from his Weberbilt collection and serving vegan cookies from 6 to 9 p.m.

Chanel
At the 57th Street store, you can design your own monogrammed Chanel bag in the label’s very first handbag studio.

D&G
Dolce & Gabbana celebrates Fashion’s Night Out with personalized T-shirts featuring guests’ portraits shot by celebrity and backstage photographer Roxanne Lowit.

Kirna ZabĂȘte
Get there fast-exclusive designs from Altuzarra, Prabal Gurung, Peter Som, and Thakoon will be on sale at this high-end downtown shop. Did we mention a Proenza bag for $300?

Macy’s Herald Square
Three words: Anna Dello Russo. (OK, two more: Karolina Kurkova.)

Manolo Blahnik
Manolo, milkshakes, and SJP. That’s what’s on the docket at the designer’s 54th Street store, where Blahnik and Sarah Jessica Parker will be debuting their shoe collaboration. There will also be Manolo milkshake trucks stationed around the city throughout the day and night.

Marc Jacobs
The designer is hosting a carnival-themed block party on Bleecker Street. At Bookmarc, photographer David Armstrong will be signing copies of his new book, 615 Jefferson Avenue, and for those inclined to be in front of the lens, there will a photo booth in place. Plus, there’s a Spin-to-Win wheel.

Opening Ceremony at the Ace Hotel
This Argentine-inspired carnival, with live dancers (outfitted by Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler, and Suno) and games, is sure to draw the usual hip OC gang. And an unusual addition: Miss Piggy, who will make a special appearance to unveil the new Muppets x OC collection, set to bow November 23.

Stella McCartney
Alexa Chung, Jen Brill, and Elettra Wiedemann will be manning the turntables at the designer’s Meatpacking district store. Where the cool girls go, a chic crowd is likely to follow. Sip on eco mojitos (how very Stella) and pick up her limited-edition FNO charm bracelet (above).

Photo: Courtesy Photos

A Manolo Moment

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Footwear designer Manolo Blahnik has been in the business since the early seventies. Over the decades, there have been ups and downs, of course, but through it all, the man and the brand have achieved the status of a modern classic. The return of the pointy-toed pump for Fall has arbiters—Footwear News among them —calling it a Manolo moment. Blahnik himself demurs. “I have never had a perception about whether it’s my time or someone else’s time,” he told the paper. “I don’t think I have a time.”

If a Manolo is forever, though, that doesn’t mean now isn’t a very good time to indulge. The Blahnik classics look fresh once again, and Style.com’s senior market editor, Marina Larroude, highlighted many of them in her Fall 2011 Accessories Index. For fall, there are concessions to trends in the form of plaids, leopard prints, and the season’s must-have fur-trimmed sandal, but our favorite is the ankle-strap pointy pump, a ladylike standard that’s hallmark Blahnik. Dare we say it? Timeless.

Photo: Thomas Iannaccone